Toasting nuts is quick and easy, and a great way to add extra texture and flavor to so many recipes. This post will show you how to toast nuts on the stovetop in under 10 minutes.

How to Toast Nuts

When it comes to cooking, things don’t get much easier than toasting nuts. In a matter of minutes, you can have a panful of your favorite nuts all warm and toasty, and ready to use with other recipes, or toss a few in your yogurt, or cereal. Better yet, just eat them straight up as a tasty snack!

Toasted nuts will stay good for a few days when kept stored and covered tightly. So if you’re preparing recipes that call for toasted nuts, they can be prepared and stored ahead of time. I usually go ahead and make a larger batch than a recipe calls for so I can have extra to enjoy in greek yogurt, which is one of my very favorite ways to eat toasted nuts.

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 A few tips for toasting nuts:

  • Nuts can burn very quickly, so be watchful. Don’t walk away to start a load of laundry, or if you’re like me you’ll end up scrubbing the top of the washing machine down, cleaning out the fabric softener thingamajig, hunting for things behind the washer, and return to scorched nuts. And burnt nuts are never a good thing.
  • Any type of shelled nut can be toasted. The cook time may differ depending on the nut, so adjust accordingly. You will begin to smell them when they are just about done, and look for them to turn more golden in color. And again, be watchful.
  • Go ahead and make a large batch then store in a ziptop plastic bag or tightly sealed container to be able to snack on or use in other recipes.

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How to Toast Nuts Recipe

How to Toast Nuts

How to Toast Nuts Recipe

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A quick and easy way to toast nuts for use in other recipes or as a tasty snack.


  • 1 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • a few pinches of salt


  1. Place butter in skillet and heat over medium-low.
  2. Add nuts and salt; stir/toss to coat; spread nuts in single layer in pan. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes. Be watchful, careful to not allow nuts to burn.
  3. Allow to cool. Store tightly covered for up to a week.

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